MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Myrtle Beach has been ranked as the third best family beach vacation in the U.S., according to the U.S News and World Report.

The ranking touts the Myrtle Beach area's clean beaches, hundreds of golf courses for golfers at all levels and many attractions.

"The millions of visitors coming to the Myrtle Beach area are drawn here because of our clean beaches, a wealth of affordable accommodations, world-class attractions, fantastic golf and delicious cuisine," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce. "We are honored to be included amongst such an exclusive group of beach destinations. Our goal continues to be luring first-time visitors to our 60 miles of pristine, sandy beaches, and then keeping them coming back to experience the Grand Strand's southern charm and hospitality."

The top 10 best family beach vacations in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report:

1. Outer Banks
2. Maui
3. Myrtle Beach
4. Sanibel Island
5. Honolulu - Oahu
6. U.S. Virgin Islands
7. San Diego
8. Cape Cod
9. Hilton Head
10. Fort Lauderdale

For more information, go to www.travel.usnews.com/Rankings/Best_Family_Beach_Vacations_in_the_USA/